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Saturday 28 July 2018

''Nigeria has never had a bad senate like the one led by Saraki'' Nasir El-Rufai says

Kaduna state governor, Nasir El-Rufai, has berated senate president, Bukola Saraki, for leading the worst National Assembly Nigeria has ever had.

Speaking in an interview aired on some local radio stations in Kaduna, governor El-Rufai said many of the APC senators who were announced in the list of defectors to PDP on Tuesday, said they never autrhorised it. The governor added that most of the senators who are now defecting, came into office through the goodwill President Buhari enjoyed.

“We have never had a bad senate leadership like this one by Bukola Saraki. Some people whose names were mentioned among those who decamped said they never authorised it. We know those who cannot win elections in their homes. Many of them found themselves in the national assembly by riding on the back of Buhari. Some of them won the election because presidential and parliamentary elections held on the same day'' he said

He also blamed the three senators representing the state for the inability of his administration to complete ongoing projects, stating that the senators namely Shehu Sani (Kaduna central), Suleiman Hunkuyi ( Kaduna north) and Danjuma Laah (southern Kaduna), worked against the $350 million World Bank loan the state needed to complete some projects.

“We initiated many projects this year because the World Bank approved a loan of $350 million to us and we were sure that we will get some part of the money this year. We included it in our budget to be able execute our projects – schools, hospitals and the roads that we are constructing in the town. Well, you know what happened. The house of representatives approved the loan but the senate rejected it. When it was presented to the senate, our senators from Kaduna kicked against it. They said the loan should not be granted. I was told that they ( the three senators) held a meeting and they said if Kaduna state government is given the loan, one of them will not realise the ambition of becoming governor. The betrayal of Kaduna people by Shehu Sani, Suleiman Hunkuyi and Danjuma Laah is the reason why many projects have stopped. So I want the people to understand this. Anywhere you see that a road project has stopped, ask them. Anywhere you see that a hospital project has stopped, ask them. Anywhere you see that the construction of a school has stopped, ask them. Anywhere you see that a project that is meant to benefit the people has stopped, ask these three people that betrayed the state. Whichever part they go, use your votes against them.”

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